Glasgow, the nearest city to my little village, has always been somewhere I’ve loved exploring. I cringe when visitors to Scotland only go to Edinburgh and miss out on all the great things Glasgow has to offer.
With the Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow the spotlight has been firmly on the city and boy has it been shining.
I spent a weekend in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games and stayed at the super cool citizenM hotel, which is perfectly located near all the main attractions in the city centre. CitizenM is a Dutch design hotel with a difference. It comes with free wifi, free movies, gigantic beds that are ridiculously comfortable, wall-to-wall windows and every room has a ‘MoodPad’ that you use to tinker with everything from the lights to the blinds.
Although I could have stayed in the hotel the entire time playing with all the high-tech gadgets, I wanted to get out there and soak up the atmosphere outside.
Glasgow 2014 saw an incredible number of visitors arrive in the city and the atmosphere was absolutely electric. There were people everywhere and everyone was enjoying the unusually brilliant sunshine in the city.
We had dinner at one of my favourite restaurants, The Grill on the Corner, then enjoyed some drinks in the Merchant City. This area of the city is one of the best and is packed with bars, restaurants and plenty of buzz.
After dinner and drinks we headed back to citizenM’s chic bar for a little nightcap. The bar was busy, reasonably priced and the cocktails were delicious.
The best part though was getting a seat on the coolest seat I’ve ever found after spying it when we checked in. Any bar that has seats as funky as this is a winner in my book!
The next day, after reluctantly dragging myself out of the super comfy bed (and declaring to my boyfriend that we needed this bed at home!) we headed to trendy West End brunch joint TriBeCa. It’s a New York style kitchen in the heart of the West End that regularly has people queuing outside the door and along the street for a table so I just had to see what all the fuss was about for myself.
In true American style the portions are absolutely astronomically large. My boyfriend ordered an omlette only to find out it was genuinely bigger than his head and there was no way he could have finished it unless he’d starved himself for days before. Delicious, but huge! Next time I go back I’ll make sure I’m seriously hungry first!
Have you ever been to Glasgow? Would you like to visit my favourite city in Scotland?
Disclosure: I was a guest of citizenM Hotel however all opinions and fascinations with controlling the lights via a tablet are entirely my own.